The heart is the doorway to our spirit and the center of our thoughts and emotions. The character of our thoughts, reveal the condition of our hearts. The Bible cautions us in Proverbs 4:23 to guard our heart with all diligence, for out of it comes the issues of life. A heart unguarded is an easy breeding ground for sin, evil and dishonor. This calls us to examine our hearts(thoughts) periodically to ensure we do not stray from what is pure, edifying and holy.
As believers, our spirit has been sanctified but our hearts are still a daily work in progress. The Psalmist says in Isaiah 55:10: “Create in me a new heart, O Lord; and renew a steadfast spirit within me”. We are to cry to God to cleanse our hearts of impure thoughts and evil as only He has the power to change a man’s heart. God, speaking in Ezekiel 36:26 says: “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh”. The sons of Zebedee ( James and John) were known as the sons of thunder in the Bible for their brash personality, but after the death of Christ and the baptism of the Holy Spirit, God changed their hearts to those of love. John was even later known as the Apostle of love. We are to cry out to God to sanctify our hearts so that we can truly serve Him, honoring and showing love to those around us.
Furthermore, daily study and meditation on the Word also helps in sanctifying and purifying our hearts(John 17:17). When we realize that our hearts are not in alignment with God, it is a call for sanctification. A sanctified heart has no reason to dishonor, because it is now renewed in Christ Jesus. Glory to God. SHALOM!
By the grace of God, my heart is sanctified daily. I am a witness for Christ in the earth, winning souls to God, teaching them to honour one another and showing them the path of righteousness, that they may yield fruit for the kingdom. In Jesus Name. Amen.
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